President Trump Signs Bill to Overhaul VA Appeals Process

Stars and Stripes - Under a bill President Donald Trump signed on August 23, veterans will have more options to appeal denied claims for Department of Veterans Affairs – a process that now leaves veterans waiting an average of five years.

Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization bill on stage at the 99th American Legion National Convention in Reno, Nev. The Legion was one of the groups that supported the overhaul.

During a speech before the signing, Trump touted the legislation as “historic.”

“Veterans will receive timely updates, and they will get decisions much more quickly in a fraction of the time,” Trump said.

The bill creates three paths for veterans to appeal their claims:

  • Take their appeal directly to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
  • Request a higher-level VA adjudicator to decide the case.
  • Appeal, with new information, to the same adjudicator who denied their claim.

VA officials have said it would take them 18 months to establish the new system.

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